Right to Vote!




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Women seeking the right to vote can be traced back to the beginning of our country. However, it wasn't until 1848, at a women’s convention in Seneca Falls, New York, that the suffrage movement got legs. Meeting attendees issued a declaration of women’s rights, which included women’s suffrage. For the next seventy-two years, women across America assembled, marched, petitioned and never gave up on advancing the cause for voting rights. Talk about determination! Finally, on June 4, 1919, the Senate passed the Nineteenth Amendment and suffragists began a state by state ratification campaign. Pennsylvania was the 7th state to ratify the amendment on June 24, 1919. Hooray for PA! It then took over a year to obtain the 36 votes needed for final ratification. The 19th Amendment became law on August 18, 1920.

We are grateful for the resolve of the suffragists and honor them in our celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote. Join us!

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August 26

Celebrate the Passage of the 19th Amendment
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading

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Celebrating Women

During this celebratory year, organizations and businesses across Pennsylvania’s Americana Region are joining forces to present an array of centennial festivities that highlight the accomplishments of women.  With the help of Celebration of Women in the Arts and Berks Suffrage 2020 Centennial, we have compiled monthly listings of events honoring women.




Suffrage Images Courtesy of:
Women’s Suffrage Centennial Resource Toolkit
National Archives
Library of Congress
National Women’s History Museum
Womans Suffrage Memorabilia

Celebrate Women in February

February 1 – 7: SWEAT at Genesius Theatre
February 1 – 15: Fun Home – A Musical at Steel River Playhouse
February 4 – Alvernia University Arts Series Presents Jill Haley
February 5 – KU Presents: Dance Theater of Harlem
February 22 – Rising Voices: The Bennett Prize® for Women Figurative Realist Painters (exhibit closes May 24)
February 22, 23 & 24 – 5-Minute Fringe Festival: Finding Home 
February 23 – Berks Youth Chorus: Caberet Concert
February 23 – Reading Pops: Five Play
February 25 – KU Presents: Apollo’s Fire

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